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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Posted (9 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

How many Aussies made it to The Show and played baseball in the American Major Leagues?

David Nilsson- Milwaukee Brewers


Graeme Lloyd- New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, other teams


Glenn Williams- Minnesota Twins


Which players am I forgetting?


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
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User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2321 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

baseball-reference.com lists 16 Australian born

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bio/Australia_born.shtml

The first was Joe Quinn, who made his debut in 1884 (that's right, eighteen eightyfour) and managed from 1895 - 1899 (he compiled a record of 23 wins and 132 losses)

The next Australian was Craig Shipley (1986 - 1998) I wonder if Joe's managerial record was the reason it was nearly 100 years between Australian players in MLB  Smile

13 of the 16 were pitchers.



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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

I had definitely forgotten about Grant Balfour. Suprising, since he pitched for my hometown Rochester Red Wings. Worst name for a pitcher, ever.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2321 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Actually, I guess it's 17 now - Glenn Williams isn't on the baseball-reference list, as it only goes through the final 2004 season stats, and he didn't make his MLB debut until this season.


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User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Dave Nilsson was a masher...that dude was bad ass up until a couple of years ago when he got hurt and retired.


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User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

This guy plays - not right now though...

http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/NASA...b/team/player.jsp?player_id=429715

He's actually a friend of a friend... never met him though.



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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 1475 times:

Is Blackley at AAA right now?


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

Quoting LHMark (Reply 6):
Is Blackley at AAA right now?

I don't know what AAA is but my friend is going over for Trav's wedding in October. I think baseball wise he is out for the season with some injury.



It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1448 times:

AAA is the top level of minor league baseball. One step below the majors.

User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

It must be a karma thing. You talk about Australian ballplayers, and they magically appear.

I wound up sitting next to Aussie pitcher (and brief major-league callup) John Stephens at last night's Red Wings-Ottawa Lynx game. He was getting velocities for his Ottawa teammates with the radar gun. He educated me on the structure of Australian baseball. Apparently, MLB scouts them pretty heavily.



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

Quoting LHMark (Thread starter):
David Nilsson- Milwaukee Brewers

I remember, they called him "The Thunder From Down Under". He did have some pop in his bat but he also swung at everything so his BA was shit.



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 weeks ago) and read 1399 times:

Quoting LHMark (Reply 9):
He was getting velocities for his Ottawa teammates with the radar gun. He educated me on the structure of Australian baseball. Apparently, MLB scouts them pretty heavily.

Like his stint in the majors he was fucking that up too as he was getting readings of 108mph. Nice one John. At least he knows with Sid Pontoon Boat about to end up mangled in a DUI wreck, he will have another chance shortly.


User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

More surprising than the Australians.. There is a French Canadian pitcher with the Dayton Dragons (Cin Reds A team). I had no idea there was even a word for baseball in French.

The guy is pretty good, he may go all the way unless he self-destructs.


User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 12):
There is a French Canadian pitcher with the Dayton Dragons (Cin Reds A team). I had no idea there was even a word for baseball in French.

Judging by attendence at Expos games neither did the Queebecios.

Eric Gagne, the closer for the Dodgers, is French Canadian and he has been around for a while.



"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." Frank Zappa
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 12):
There is a French Canadian pitcher with the Dayton Dragons

Lets hope he isn't a closer. I wonder whats French for "surrendered the game winning home run...again".


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